Save lives using your computer and phone with the World Community Grid

World Community Grid enables anyone with a computer, smartphone or tablet to donate their unused computing power to advance cutting-edge scientific research on topics related to health, poverty and sustainability. Through the contributions of over 650,000 individuals and 460 organizations, World Community Grid has supported 28 research projects to date, including searches for more effective treatments for cancer, HIV/AIDS and neglected tropical diseases. Other projects are looking for low-cost water filtration systems and new materials for capturing solar energy efficiently.

Help save lives today and join my team Apraxia Kids

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Coca-Cola: America the Beautiful

TCoca-Colahe United States of America is a melting pot of mortal humans. 🙂
Well done Coca-Cola. Well done.

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Day 6 without power in Lansing, Michigan

Le sigh. The same street intersections are being worked on for the past 4 days with one addition.

From yesterday:
Haslett / E. Saginaw
Willow / Waverly
Mt. Hope / MLK
Mt. Hope / Pleasant Grove
University / Grand River (E. Lansing)
Delta River / Grand River
Creyts / St. Joe
Tecumseh River / Grand River

From today:
Pleasant Grove/Mount Hope
Saginaw/MLK
Fairview/Heights < -- new Harrison/Lake Lansing University/Grand River Delta River/Grand River South Creyts/Saint Joseph Techumseh River/Grand River

Home > Advisory
Power Outage Update:

As of 5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 27, there are approximately 2,600 customers without power in the Lansing Board of Water & Light service territory, down from 3,000 outages Thursday at 10 p.m.

The current outage number represents less than 3 percent of BWL’s total customers without power. At the peak of the outage earlier this week, nearly 40,000 customers or 40 percent of BWL customers were without power

The BWL is projecting that fewer than 1,000 customers will be without power by the end of this Sunday, Dec. 29. The remaining outages are expected to be restored next week and reflect single homes with downed lines or small pockets of outages.

In order to assist the BWL to restore power to homes and businesses with downed lines, customers should please note the following:

BWL power lines

Lansing Board of Water & Light
connect to a home or business at the vertical pole or “mast” on the sides buildings, or “house knobs” – those little knobs attached to the building. If the mast or house knobs are damages or down, it’s the customers responsibility to hire an electrician to repair the items before the BWL can reattach the power line to the building. The meter – which records the amount of electricity used – is BWL equipment. The meter is the BWL’s responsibility to maintain or repair. Go to www.lbwl.com for more information.

Line crews are worked Thursday night to restore power along circuits in areas reflected by the following street intersections:

Pleasant Grove/Mount Hope
Saginaw/MLK
Fairview/Heights
Harrison/Lake Lansing
University/Grand River
Delta River/Grand River
South Creyts/Saint Joseph
Techumseh River/Grand River

Hundreds of downed power lines remain to be repaired. Residents are urged to stay 25 feet away from downed wires. Downed power lines are being prioritized for repair based on public health and safety facilities and circuits with the highest number of customers without power. BWL and other municipal utility crews will continue to work around the clock until all customer power has been restored.

The Board of Water & Light is aware of its outage areas. Residents can report a down power line by sending an email to custservice@lbwl.com, or by calling (517) 702-6006 or toll free at 877-295-5001. Residents may also post a downed line message on the BWL’s Facebook page or on SeeClickFlix. Please note that due to high call volumes, you may experience a busy signal and/or long wait times.

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Day 5 without power in Lansing, Michigan

The good folk at Consumers Energy and Lansing Board of Water & Light along with hundreds of linemen from around the US and Canada are working around the clock restoring power. There is hope yet for restoring power today! 🙂

Power Outage Update:

As of 5 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 26, there are approximately 4,400 customers without power in the Lansing Board of Water & Light service territory, down from 5,700 customer outages last night.

Line crews are working today to restore power along circuits in areas reflected by the following street intersections:

Pleasant Grove / Mt Hope
Haslett / E. Saginaw
Willow / Waverly
Mt. Hope / MLK
Mt. Hope / Pleasant Grove
University / Grand River (E. Lansing)
Delta River / Grand River
Creyts / St. Joe
Tecumseh River / Grand River

Hundreds of downed power lines remain to be repaired.

Lansing Board of Water & Light
Residents are urged to stay 25 feet away from downed wires. Downed power lines are being prioritized for repair based on public health and safety facilities and circuits with the highest number of customers without power. BWL and other municipal utility crews will continue to work around the clock until all customer power has been restored.

The Board of Water & Light is aware of its outage areas. Residents can report a down power line by sending an email to custservice@lbwl.com, or by calling (517) 702-6006 or toll free at 877-295-5001. Residents may also post a downed line message on the BWL’s Facebook page or on SeeClickFlix. Please note that due to high call volumes, you may experience a busy signal and/or long wait times.

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Start of Day 3 without electricity in Lansing, Michigan

For those of you that don’t know:

As we’re all aware, a portion of the greater Lansing area is without power to homes and businesses as a result of the storm that moved through this past weekend. To help provide shelter to those impacted, the following locations have been established as warming centers. Please share this information with your colleagues, friends, and family who are without power and need a place to warm up, charge their electronics, or grab a cup of coffee.

• Haslett High School – Located on Marsh Road just south of Haslett Road.
• Meridian Christian Church – Located on Bennett Road just west of Okemos Road. Open until 6 pm this evening.
• Trinity Church – Located on Dunckel Road just south of Jolly Road

You can look at the outage map:

Consumers Energy Outage Map
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test post using QuickLaTeX

A simple test post using QuickLaTeX
[latexpage]
\begin{equation}
E= mc^2
\end{equation}

\[
[preamble]
\usepackage{mhchem}
[/preamble]
\ce{MgSO_{4}\cdot12H_{2}O(s)}
\]
At first, we sample $f(x)$ in the $N$ ($N$ is odd) equidistant points around $x^*$:
\[
f_k = f(x_k),\: x_k = x^*+kh,\: k=-\frac{N-1}{2},\dots,\frac{N-1}{2}
\]
where $h$ is some step.
Then we interpolate points $\{(x_k,f_k)\}$ by polynomial
\begin{equation} \label{eq:poly}
P_{N-1}(x)=\sum_{j=0}^{N-1}{a_jx^j}
\end{equation}
Its coefficients $\{a_j\}$ are found as a solution of system of linear equations:
\begin{equation} \label{eq:sys}
\left\{ P_{N-1}(x_k) = f_k\right\},\quad k=-\frac{N-1}{2},\dots,\frac{N-1}{2}
\end{equation}
Here are references to existing equations: (\ref{eq:poly}), (\ref{eq:sys}).
Here is reference to non-existing equation (\ref{eq:unknown}).

\begin{tikzpicture}
[+preamble]
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=newest}
[/preamble]
\begin{axis}
\addplot3[surf,domain=0:360,samples=40] {cos(x)*cos(y)};
\end{axis}
\end{tikzpicture}

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Help search for causes and cures of diseases like Apraxia, Cancer and AIDS

Apraxia-Information-for-Families~~element67Do you want to help search for causes and cures of diseases like Apraxia, Cancer and AIDS? Donate your unused processing power of your computer and Android Phone!

“World Community Grid’s mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity. Our work has developed the technical infrastructure that serves as the grid’s foundation for scientific research. Our success depends upon individuals collectively contributing their unused processing power to change the world for the better. World Community Grid is making technology available only to public and not-for-profit organizations to use in humanitarian research that might otherwise not be completed due to the high cost of the computer infrastructure required in the absence of a public grid. As part of our commitment to advancing human welfare, all results will be in the public domain and made public to the global research community.”

Join me in the Apraxia Kids” team on the World Community Grid:
If you aren’t already part of the World Community Grid (You will need to download and install the World Community Grid software.

If you already use World Community Grid or BOINC

World Community Grid: http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org
Apraxia-Kids: http://www.apraxia-kids.org/

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You think U.S. Congress works for you? You may want to reserve judgement on that

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
I Give Up – 9/11 Responders Bill
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party
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Greater Chicago Jewish Folks Art Festival Flickr Group

If you’ve attended the Greater Chicago Jewish Folks Art Festival and took photos, please share your photos with the rest of the world! It doesn’t matter what year or if they’re fuzzy or overexposed.. we love all the photos 🙂

I just created the Flickr photo group Greater Chicago Jewish Folks Art Festival so everyone can share their photos from the Greater Chicago Jewish Folks Art Festival:

www.flickr.com
Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.

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Just Because: World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

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